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The Field Guide (2003)

by Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator)

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Series: The Spiderwick Chronicles (1)

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When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.
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A bite-sized visit to a fairy-inhabited mansion with a secret room, this book feels less like the first installment in a series than like the first quarter of a book. I suppose the idea is to be unintimidating so that children who are on that cusp between reading being tough work and being a delight will not shy back from a hefty tome. Or the idea is to sell more books.
From a plot perspective, the creatures share names but not characteristics with some of the magical beings in Harry Potter (who of course are derived from various folklores). The main characters are somewhat uninspiring: wealthy children who fence and reside in a mansion, two-thirds of whom (including the main character) are male.
For well-off children, only half of whom are male, having magical adventures, I much prefer Half Magic and the other Edward Eager books, but they would tax the reading ability of this book's intended audience. ( )
  KSchellVT | Sep 8, 2021 |
So much family fun with this series.
We own:
- the 5 original books
- the three bonus books that are part of book 2. we hunted for them in cereal boxes back in the day
- Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You

We enjoyed the movie and the computer game from back when we needed CDs to play them iirc. ( )
  Seayla2020 | Aug 22, 2021 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
I couldn't resist picking this up from the library last night after looking inside and seeing just how nicely presented it is. It definitely feels like the first book in a series, simply because the story is fairly quick to introduce and resolve, but it's a pleasant read with likeable characters.
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Holly Blackprimary authorall editionscalculated
DiTerlizzi, Tonymain authorall editionsconfirmed
DiTerlizzi, TonyIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Abreu, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Balsam, UriTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bastanzetti, M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berganz, FabienneTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bermeo, Nancy GinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brauner, AnneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
眞由美, 飯野翻訳secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ferrier, BertrandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fetter, Carlos AbreuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hamill, MarkNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jüssi, HeljuTÕlkija.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lempinen, Ulla(KÄÄnt.)secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosse, ØysteinOvers.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my grandmother, Melvina, who said I should write a book just like this one and to whom I replied that I never would --H. B.

For Arthur Rackham, may you continue to inspire others as you have me --T. D.
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If someone had asked Jared Grace what jobs his brother and sister would have when they grew up, he would have had no trouble replying.
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The strangest thing, however, was the subject matter. The book was full of information about faeries.

The room had a low ceiling, and the walls were covered in bookshelves. Looking around, he realized there was no door.
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